Olympic Torch Relay, Paralympic Flame, along with memories of The Queens Diamond Jubile.

The Paralympic Torch & Davey Lamp, Flame came to Dunstable on
26/8/2012 before the start of the Paralympics in
London on the 29/8/2012

The Disability Resource Centre In Dunstable held a Paralympic Flame Festival today ~ 26th August 2012.

It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying this great event and seeing what the Disability recource centre has available for people who require special needs.

Dunstable disability recource centre has provided a member of my family some great support in the past so it was great to be able to meet with the team and see what other great work they do for many other people with all levels of disabilities.

There was fun and games for everyone to try which demonstrated some of the activities that are available on a Tuesday lunchtime at the Dunstable Leisure Centre, when it opens it's doors for all people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy sport activities they may not other wise be able to enjoy.

There was a live jaz band along with raffles, roll a 2p game, Modelling balloons, an opportunity to meet the trainers and dogs for 'Canine Partners – assistance dogs' and many more fun games along with a queue of very excited people waiting to hold the Paralympic Torch and the original Davey Lamp with the Olympic flame still burning!

Some of the people I spoke to today will be taking part in the Paralympic Torch relay on Wednesday and are very much looking forward to the Paralympics starting in London on the 29th August.

We wish team ParalympicsGB the very best for the games and look forward to seeing them taking part.

For more information regarding Dunstable's Disability Recource Centre please click on the link below ~ Thank you

The Olympic Torch arrived in Dunstable on 9th July

The Olympic Torch Bearers get ready to leave......

After the Olympic Torch Bearers have run with their torches they return to family, friends and many onlookers supporting them on their memorable day.


The History of the Olympics in the Undercroft at Priory House, High Street South, Dunstable


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee ~ The lighting of the Beacon on top of Dunstable Downs

Walking across Dunstable Downs Golf Course following the foot path with many others....

Onwards towards Dunstable Downs.

The crowds begin to grow......

Count down to 10-01pm ~ 4th June 2012

Dunstable Mayor Councillor Pat Staples gets ready to light the Beacon......

The Beacon is alight to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

A brilliant night on top of Dunstable Downs with hundreds of other people enjoying this special occasion.


Photograph taken by Rod of the Beacon being erected on top of Dunstable Downs


Left to right, Councillor Pat Staples, deputy mayor of Dunstable, Councillor James Jamieson, leader of Central Beds Council, Councillor Peter Hollick, chairman of Central Beds Council.

A BLAZE of glory is on the way for Dunstable, which is now set to welcome the Olympic Flame on its travels around the UK next year.

Dunstable is among more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities chosen to be visited by the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
July 9 is the big day when the town plays host to the torch relay during its 70-day journey.
The news was announced on Monday, November 7, by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organising committee, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that Dunstable will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Central Bedfordshire to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.”
He added: “This is the UK’s moment to shine, and I want to encourage people across Central Bedfordshire to start planning how they can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
Dunstable deputy mayor Councillor Pat Staples said: “Dunstable will be so proud to host part of the Olympic Torch Relay.
“I hope that everyone will share my excitement at this wonderful news and I know the whole of Dunstable will turn out to witness and celebrate this historic event.
“This announcement will provide everyone with a real boost and will contribute to the ever-improving fortunes of the town.”
And Councillor James Jamieson, the Central Beds Council leader, said: “Hosting the Olympic Torch Relay will shine a light on Dunstable and on our area as a whole.
“I hope that residents of all ages will join us for this historic occasion to share in the Olympic spirit and welcome the Flame to our area as part of the countdown to the start of the Games.”
The relay will start at Land’s End, on May 19, and the Olympic Flame will then travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.
Organisers say that the route means that the Olympic Flame will be within an hour’s journey time of 95 per cent of the population during its trek.
More than 95 per cent of the population will also be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. Full route details will be confirmed next year.

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